You found a dog on our site and you’re really anxious to hop in your car and meet the dog of your dreams! Awesome! We understand and share your excitement too. Unlike other shelters, we don’t list our address for a good reason. We are lucky to have use of an amazing facility, located on private property and it’s our responsibility to respect the owners. In order to be respectful, we schedule private appointments for potential adopters.
Our goal is to make this a wonderful experience for you and help our dogs find loving homes. We are happy to work with you in finding the right fit for your family. A scheduled one on one appointment helps us do our job really well and also be respectful to the residents.
Our adoption fees, which include transportation, all necessary veterinarian fees, spay/neuter procedures (if we have the procedure done), and quarantine charges, generally range from $250 to $450, as follows:
Read about the adoption process and complete the online adoption application.
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Once you meet a dog that you want to adopt, and we agree, we ask that you leave a $200 deposit with the remaining $200 due at the time of the adoption. This deposit is to hold the dog of your choice for 24 hours while references and/or a home visit is conducted. It also ensures that we will not continue showing the dog to other potential adopters.
If you change your mind for any reason the deposit is non-refundable and considered a donation to the shelter.
Adoption Fees: Our adoption fees vary. For senior dogs over 7 years old, the adoption donation is $250. For local adult dogs, it is $350. Dogs transported from out of state cost us additional fees for transportation and health certificates, therefore the costs are $400 for adult dogs and $450 for puppies ($50 is rebated after you send us the spay/neuter certificate) or $400.00 if the puppy is already spayed/neutered. We are a grass roots 501c3 organization privately funded by donations and adoption fees. We are always very grateful if you can add a little extra donation to help us continue our rescue work. Many of the dogs we take in have special needs and theirs costs exceed the adoption donation, so your donations help us to support those special dogs.
If We Request a Home Visit: During the adoption screening, we will determine if a home visit is needed. If we request a home visit, we will schedule a time to come out to visit your home. The reason for the home visit is to make sure that you can provide a safe environment for the dog and to make sure the dog you want is the right match for your family. We also ask that other family members or people who live in the household be present so that we can meet them and answer any questions about dog ownership. After the home visit, the person conducting the home visit will provide the report to the kennel manager, who will approve the adoption. Once the home visit is completed and approved, we will contact you to pick up the dog within 24 hours. We are not set up to hold dogs beyond that point.
Young puppies need lots of socialization. The rule of thumb is that the pup should not be left alone for more than one hour for every month of age. So a two month old puppy should not be left for more than two hours, a three month old for three hours, and so on. Obviously, you cannot leave an 8 month for 8 hours as that’s too long to spend in a crate and the dog will need to be walked mid-day.
Crate Training: We prefer crate training for puppies. The internet is a wonderful resource for learning the basics or we will be happy to help you with the process.
Working people: Please bear in mind that puppies need lots of socialization so we cannot place them in homes where they will sit alone all day. Even coming home for lunch is not enough for a young puppy. Animal shelters are loaded with dogs who did not get the proper puppy socialization and we do not want to add to the problem. Puppies need time and attention. We like to have your dog walker and/or doggy daycare information on the application or at some point before we call your references. People who can spend the most time with a puppy will be given preference and we will consider dogs already in the household as companionship for an older puppy or young dog.
There are several formats you can use to fill out the application.
We prefer electronic copies of applications as they are easier to locate and we can sort them on our computer. If you’re not computer-experienced or have trouble with the application form, then just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can email you an application.